Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Trump supporter Lou Barletta wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey

Tuesday's primary will narrow GOP gubernatorial, Senate fields Voters to cast primary ballots in four states today
Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2018, 10:30

The New York Times called the Republican race tonight with 60 percent of precincts reporting.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta won the Republican primary for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania tonight, besting a lesser-known challenger in Beaver County-based state Rep. Jim Christiana and positioning himself as the Republican Party's hope for ousting longtime Democratic incumbent Bob Casey come November.

Scott Wagner will run against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf after winning the GOP gubernatorial primary.

President Trump clearly understands how important my campaign against Bob Casey is for advancing his agenda through the Senate.

The GOP holds a razor-thin 51-to-49 advantage, but leaders are increasingly bullish about adding to their majority as Trump's approval ratings have ticked up.

Barletta, who has represented the 11th Congressional District since 2011, garnered 64.1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Trump asked Barletta to run for U.S. Senate - the pair are on good enough terms that Barletta watched this year's Super Bowl with Trump at the Republican president's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida - and Barletta remains a staunch supporter.

Pennsylvania is considered a crucial swing state.

Farther west in OR, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown drew a pair of primary challengers but was expected to advance to the general election.

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Today the power is in the hands of Democratic and Republican voters.

Eastman defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford in Tuesday's primary election with a campaign that cast her as a champion of liberal ideals, including supporting a single-payer health care system.

Pennsylvania could send at least three women Congress next year, breaking the all-male hold on the state's 18-member U.S. House delegation.

Saccone lost Tuesday's 14th Congressional District primary election to state Sen.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will face the victor of a crowded Republican primary that state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler for the open seat in a heavily Republican, newly drawn district.

His opponent in November, Casey, of Scranton, has served in the U.S. Senate since 2006. Butch Otter. Idaho is routinely ranked as among the most Republican states in the nation. Brown became governor in 2015 upon the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber following an ethics scandal, and she won a special election in 2016.

Barletta, 62, won his House seat during the Republican midterm wave of 2010, catapulted by the attention he received while mayor of Hazleton for attempting to use local laws to crack down on immigrants in the city who had entered the country illegally.

Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners.

OR is reliably Democratic.